hiking
1 month ago

This is a great loop of you just need to get outside for a bit! Had to shed a few layers—there’s some good, steep hills involved in this one. This trail connects to others so you can make it longer if you want. When I went it was cold and peaceful. Nobody else on the trail!

Lots of leaves on the trail. Great views

Nice views while hiking in late fall.

3 months ago

Great trail - not overly challenging, but definitely gets the blood pumping.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Great for training. Ups and downs.

hiking
3 months ago

Great elevation changes that will get your heart rate up quickly. Trees, trees, rocks and more trees fill in most of this trail, therefor hindering many views only seen in the winter. Still one of my favorite day hikes available in the surrounding area.

hiking
3 months ago

I completed this trail this weekend. The hike in was easy going for me. The hike back to the car was tough, but was exactly the challenge that I was looking for. As others have commented, there was a lot of trash, but it was mostly in the first 2 miles from the Welcome Center.

hiking
4 months ago

challenging and beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

Lightly traveled, well maintained, beautiful scenery!

hiking
4 months ago

I like this hike a lot. But I got freaked out last week because I heard gunshots. Several and one after another. I know nothing about guns, but the shots fired sounded like the machine guns I play on my PlayStation. So, not just rifles or a shot gun. Is there a gun range around this area? Kind of scary hearing gun shots coming out of nowhere. MAYbe they were further than I thought and just seemed close. I mean. I want to return, but not if some kids are out there messing around or people shooting unauthorized and unprotected. I am ok if it's just a nearby shooting range. Then I know it's well secured. Well, I hope someone replies, cuz I would like to know.

hiking
5 months ago

Has a nice trek on this trial and combined it with Scott's loop for a little over 16 miles for a full day of hiking. It was a great training hike, just the challenge I needed for future longer hikes.

The tree cover was helpful but at 86 degrees it turned this trial from hard to brutal at some points. My pack weight was 29lbs with 94oz of water but I was thankful for the trail angel that place a gallon at the turn around of Siltstone.

Beautiful overlooks, lake view, a variety of wildlife, combination of forest and ridge line prairie, this is a true treasure for the people living in the area. Treat it that way and don't leave your trash on the trail. I packed out as much as I could but had to leave some behind.

This is a trail that will get your heart rate up if you keep a steady pace! The elevation change is what i like most about this trail, not to mention some of the ridges that run through it. Overall this is a well kept trail and mediocre scenery along the way, i would recommend this trail for everyone!

Trail has nice cover while hiking in the middle of summer months. You will get a good work out if completing the entire round trip. Disappointed in the hikers/runners that feel it is alright to throw their trash on the ground.

trail running
6 months ago

The best trail running in Jefferson County. It's a beast of a trail if you aren't prepared, but so much fun. Like other folks say, have a car parked at Scott's Gap unless you want to do the whole thing twice (which I'll be doing soon). The hills aren't entirely runnable but unlike Scotts Gap you do have some space for recovery between the big climbs and fast descents. I would suggest taking it easy on the first hill lest you burn all your juice up in the first mile or so.

trail running
6 months ago

Nice little shaded trail that's good for July running. However it's more of a trail that's better for distance than pace, since there are some parts that force you to stop and walk.

trail running
6 months ago

Beautiful trail with some great climbs. Spot on at 2,850 ft of elevation gain. Lots of cover from the sun, made for a beautiful morning run. Ran the full out and back 13 in 2h30m, but she'll crush you! Lots of hikers but they all were very nice and moved off the trail for passing.

A good trail to get the kid pumping....hope to be back soon

trail running
7 months ago

I ran this last week. It took me a bit over 2 hours and 15 min, but make no mistake, this is a HIKING trail. From the welcome center to the turn around post, just past the power lines at Scott's Gap Rd, is 6.7 miles for 13.4 total mileage. This is not for an average runner or hiker to go out on a whim and try. Know your limits, share the trail

Nice hike but tough. Make sure you have a car waiting if you're not making the six mile trek back to your car. Also warning if you're planning on calling a ride back to your car at the visitors center, be aware that If you end your hike at scotts gap there is absolutely no cell reception!!! So just tell them to meet you there in about 3 hours (one way).

GO PREPARED
If not you will be sucking at life!!!

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